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Residential Construction Academy, Masonry, Brick and Block Construction.

Residential Construction Academy, Masonry, Brick and Block Construction


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Residential Construction Academy, Masonry, Brick and Block Construction

by Robert Benjamin Ham

A valuable addition to the popular Residential Construction Academy series, this book introduces and explains modern residential masonry construction procedures, as well as current building and construction industry safety regulations relevant to the field.

Beginning masons, designers, homebuilders, students, and apprentices alike will benefit from the clear diagrams and step-by-step procedures.

With technical information from nationally recognized trade associations like the National Association of Home Builders, Masonry Brick and Block Construction is a "must-have" for the aspiring mason.


  • Detailed illustrations clearly spell out procedures, instead of simply explaining them, so readers can learn and replicate important skills with ease
  • Self-assessments and lab activities offer reinforcements of key concepts
  • Factual information from the International Residential Code is incorporated where applicable so readers are getting the most accurate, most reliable information available to the industry


Chapter 1 Brick Positions and Sizes
Chapter 2 Brick Bonds and Patterns
Chapter 3 Masonry Hand Tools
Chapter 4 Masonry Construction Equipment
Chapter 5 Laying Brick to the Line
Chapter 6 Constructing Brick Leads
Chapter 7 Masonry Spacing Scales
Chapter 8 Masonry Mortars
Chapter 9 Concrete Masonry Units
Chapter 10 Laying Block to the Line
Chapter 11 Constructing Block Leads
Chapter 12 Estimating Masonry Materials
Chapter 13 Residential Footings and Foundations
Chapter 14 Constructing Water-Resistant Walls
Chapter 15 Brick Veneer Construction
Chapter 16 Composite and Cavity Walls
Chapter 17 Brick Paving
Chapter 18 Steps, Stoops, and Porches
Chapter 19 Piers, Columns, Pilasters, and Chases
Chapter 20 Appliance Chimneys
Chapter 21 Masonry Fireplaces
Chapter 22 Brick Masonry Arches
Chapter 23 Cleaning Brick and Concrete Masonry
Chapter 24 Residential Masonry As A Career
Chapter 25 Safety for Masons
Chapter 26 Reading Drawings and Plans

About the Author:

Robert Benjamin Ham is the instructor for the Masonry Program at Valley Vocational-Technical Center in Fishersville, Virginia. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture Education and a Collegiate Professional License from the Common wealth of Virginia.

He is also a licensed and insured masonry contractor and the lead masonry teacher for the Virginia Department of Education's Trade and Industrial Education.

He has received numerous awards, including the Valley Vocational-Technical Center's Outstanding Teacher Award, and the 2002 Virginia Association of Trade and Industrial Education's Outstanding Teach of the Year Award.

Hardcover, Copyright 2008
496 pages


1418052841 / 9781418052843

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